One City, One Book presents the Big Book Club - Conservatorium of Music

Wednesday 14 February 2018
25 days from now
6pm - 8:30pm
2 hours 30 minutes
One City, One Book.

"A woman overshadowed by history steps back into the light…."

Newcastle and Port Stephens libraries are excited to announce The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley as our One City, One Book summer read. This captivating novel tells the story of Elizabeth Gould: artist, wife, mother and friend.

Borrow a copy from your local library, download a copy from the library's eBook collection or listen to the audio book.

Newcastle Library is privileged to hold one of Australia's largest collections of Gould's books, courtesy of the Pope Collection. Elizabeth's talent as an artist and natural history illustrator can be seen in Gould's Birds of Australia, which will be on display at Newcastle Library during January.
On Wednesday 14 February, join the Big Book Club for a panel discussion led by the author Melissa Ashley. Presented in partnership with the University of Newcastle School of Creative Industries, this promises to be a very special evening.

$8. Bookings essential. Arrive 6pm for a 6:30pm start.

One City, One Book events
Who is Elizabeth? program launch Tuesday 19 December 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am
Gould's Birds of Australia viewing January 2018
Natural History Illustration Workshops Wednesday 17 January 2018, 2pm - 4pm, 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Melissa Meets the Collection Thursday 15 February 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am

One City, One Book events at Port Stephens Library
Gould's Bird Book Discussion Friday 19 January 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
The Birdman's Wife with Melissa Ashley Friday 16 February 2018, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Proudly supported by the University of Newcastle School of Creative Industries.



  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 6:00 PM
No additional fees apply to this event.



  • Newcastle Region Library
  • 02 4974 5300


Conservatorium of Music
cnr Laman Street and Auckland Street